ASTROPHYSICAL IMPLICATIONS of the BINARY BLACK HOLE MERGER GW150914
Altin, Paul; Chow, Jong; Mansell, Georgia; McClelland, David; McManus, David; Nguyen, Thanh; Rabeling, David; Scott, Susan M; Shaddock, Daniel; Slagmolen, Bram; Wade, Andrew; Ward, Robert; Abbott, T; Yap, Min Jet; Bartos, I; Basti, A; Bulten, H.J.; Byer, Robert L; Charlton, Philip; Coward, D; Dhurandhar, S; Dooley, Katherine L; Factourovich, M; Fairhurst, S; Frei, Z; Genin, E; Giaime, J; Goetz, E; Jones, D I; Mandic, V.; Melatos, Andrew; Mendell, G; Penn, S; Reed, C M; Riles, K; Sammut, L; Schofield, R; Sigg, D; Sintes, A; Souradeep, T; Staley, A; Summerscales, T.Z.; Unnikrishnan, C S; Vocca, H; Vorvick, C; Whiting, B F; Ackley, K
The discovery of the gravitational-wave (GW) source GW150914 with the Advanced LIGO detectors provides the first observational evidence for the existence of binary black hole (BH) systems that inspiral and merge within the age of the universe. Such BH mergers have been predicted in two main types of formation models, involving isolated binaries in galactic fields or dynamical interactions in young and old dense stellar environments. The measured masses robustly demonstrate that relatively...[Show more]
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